Dr. Salameh’s research has two thrusts. First, to understand how the nervous system controls muscle coordination during movement and how brain injuries, such as stroke, disrupt this control. Second, to develop mechanism-based neuromodulatory therapeutic strategies to improve motor function for people with neurological conditions that affect movement.

Dr. Salameh has a unique background that encompasses both basic science and clinical research. Dr. Salameh completed her basic science doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Afterwards, she transitioned into clinical research when she joined the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Salameh then furthered her career by becoming a health research scientist at the Cleveland FES Center, concurrently assuming the role of assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

In July 2023, Dr. Salameh joined Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine as an assistant professor in the Preclinical Science Division where she teaches physiology and neurobiology. Dr. Salameh remains a principal investigator at Cleveland FES Center, adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Neurology, and the director of Neurophysiology & Neuromodulation Lab (Modulable) at Kent State University.


Publications (Select)

Entire publication list can be found here.

  • Sadeghikhah S, Skelly S, McCabe JP, Salameh AI, Pundik S. Sensory Function Improvement is Related to White Matter Changes during Rehabilitation. ISC 2020. Abstract
  • Salameh AI, Skelly P, McCabe J, Pundik S. Development of a Quantitative Tool to Measure Ankle Proprioception in Stroke Survivors. ASNR 2019. Abstract.
  • Salameh AI; Hϋbner C, and Boron WF, Role of Cl-HCO3 exchanger AE3 in intracelllular-pH homeostatis in cultured murine hippocampal neurons, and in crosstalk to adjacent astrocytes, Journal of Physiology. 2017 Jan 1;595(1):93-124. doi: 10.1113/JP272470.
  • Scott-McKean JJ, Surewicz K, Choi JK, Ruffin VA, Salameh AI, Nieznanski K, Costa ACS, Surewicz WK, Soluble  Prion  Protein  and  Its  N-terminal Fragment Suppress Synaptotoxic and Cytotoxic Effects of A&[beta] Oligomers: Implications for Novel Therapeutic Strategy in Alzheimer's Disease, Neurobiology of Disease. 2016 Jul;91:124-131. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2016.03.001.
  • Salameh AI; Ruffin VA; and Boron WF, Effects of metabolic acidosis on intracellular pH responses in multiple cell types,American Journal of Physiology. Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2014 Dec 15;307(12):R1413-27. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00154.2014.
  • Ruffin VA, Salameh AI, Boron WF and Parker MD, Intracellular pH regulation by acid/base transporters in mammalian neurons, Front Physiol. 2014 Feb 13;5:43. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00043. eCollection 2014. (Review).


Cleveland FES Center

Assistant Professor
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Case Western Reserve University

Research Scientist
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center


Program Contact
Ahlam Salameh, PhD, MSc

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